The countdown has begun
The countdown has begun. In a few days, the newly elected Parliament will convene. Two days before the first anniversary of a revolution that aims to continue. Serious preparations are underway amidst rising threats to the revolution and its champions. Attempts to undermine and discredit the revolution have gone hand in hand with innovative and persistent initiatives to move it forward.
Egypt’s new politicians are mobilizing amidst declarations of creating and breaking alliances. In parallel, the revolutionaries are mobilizing to commemorate the dead and the wounded and will commence their peaceful demonstrations on Friday. In contrast, the ruling military council, its government and the official media have announced intentions to celebrate the revolution. One must seriously wonder: if all are for it, why is the revolution stumbling? Or is it?
Amidst the seeming confusion, the organizing and mobilizing ability of all, is improving. Transparent and clear communication seems more elusive. Three main events stand out in the maze and provide substantial indication to where the wind will blow. The first has already begun; a key candidate for the presidential race made a graceful exit in a clear signal to the negotiating internal and likewise, external forces that the revolution is not following its due course.
In a balanced and timely statement, received with some disappointment and more understanding, Mohamed El Baradei, one of the leading forces behind the revolution, announced his exit from the race. His widely broadcast announcement made it very clear his commitment to continuing his active contribution to the revolution. It is certain he will play a major role in the days to come. The second is the ascending voice of Egypt’s traditional moderate Islamic beacon, the Al Azhar and its grand Mufti in adjusting the course. In addition to the very well received document of General freedoms, it has also declared solidarity with the revolutionaries and their demand for the just treatment for the Martyrs and injured of the revolution. The third is yet to mature. All eyes and ears will be on the opening session of Parliament as it convenes and sets the tone for the near future. Indications of his intention as to how the executive power aspires to exercise its role will be made public and, consequently, finally officially accountable.
Simultaneously, Egyptians have gained more ability to assimilate their new realities. The scene is divided between hope and despair but the experience shared so far will leave its marks on all for a long time to come. A major change in the people themselves is quietly unfolding, as more begin to question and as many seek to understand and not just follow. We are beginning to think of what we see and hear. Ultimately, Egypt can only go where its people want it to. Voices of National responsibility are on the rise. In the meantime, Egypt continues to clear out its mold and prepares the grounds for a new season. It will be spring soon enough. The future is for those who are being born not those who are preparing to depart. Egypt’s present is its youth.